Ableton Live Blacklist Guide

Rescanning Soundtoys in Ableton Live 10.1

MacOS

  1. Open up Ableton Live. In the top bar of your computer, click Live to open the dropdown menu, and select Preferences. You can also use the keyboard shortcut "⌘," to open the preferences window.
  2. In the Preferences window that appears, select the Plug-Ins tab on the left.
  3. If you've recently installed Ableton Live, it's likely that the default settings only have VST3 enabled. Soundtoys does not currently support VST3, so you'll need to enable VST2 and/or AU plug-ins in order to use Soundtoys in Ableton Live. To do so, just switch the Use Audio Units and/or the Use VST2 Plug-In System Folder settings from off to on.
  4. After enabling those settings, check to see if Soundtoys appears in Ableton's browser. If your plug-ins still aren't showing up, navigate back to the Plug-Ins tab in Preferences.
  5. In the Plug-Ins tab, you'll notice a button that says Rescan, but just clicking on that will not rescan Blacklisted plug-ins. To reset the blacklist, hold down the Option/Alt key on your keyboard, then click Rescan while continuing to hold down Option/Alt
  6. Ableton will begin to reset and rescan all of your plug-ins. If you have many plug-ins installed, this may take some time, but it shouldn't last longer than a few minutes.
  7. You're done! Ableton will now display your plug-ins in the browser.

Windows

  1. Open up Ableton Live, and navigate to Live's Preferences.
  2. In the Preferences window that appears, select the Plug-Ins tab on the left.
  3. Since Soundtoys does not currently support VST3, you'll need to enable VST2. Turn Use VST2 Plug-In Custom Folder from off to on. Then, under Use VST2 Plug-In Custom Folder, click Browse, and select the folder where Soundtoys is installed on your computer. By default, you'll want to select the following location:

    C:\ Program Files \ VSTPlugins
  4. After enabling those settings, check to see if Soundtoys appears in Ableton's browser. If your plug-ins still aren't showing up, navigate back to the Plug-Ins tab in Preferences.
  5. In the Plug-Ins tab, you'll notice a button that says Rescan. Just clicking that will not rescan Blacklisted plug-ins.To reset the blacklist, hold down the Option/Alt key on your keyboard, then click Rescan while continuing to hold down Option/Alt.
  6. Ableton will begin to reset and rescan all of your plug-ins. If you have many plug-ins installed, this may take some time, but it shouldn't last longer than a few minutes.
  7. You're done! Ableton will now display your plug-ins in the browser.

Further Documentation

If you continue having any trouble, or you'd just like some more information, you can check out Ableton's official documentation on their website below:

https://help.ableton.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000349184-VST-AU-plug-in-doesn-t-appear-in-Live

https://help.ableton.com/hc/en-us/articles/209071729-Recommendations-for-using-VST-plug-ins-on-Windows

https://help.ableton.com/hc/en-us/articles/209068929-Recommendations-for-using-AU-and-VST-plug-ins-on-Mac

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